Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually attempted before! Like many delicious desserts, a good pound cake recipe starts with sugar, eggs and butter.  You can reduce your carbon footprint and eat more naturally by choosing organic butter, farm fresh eggs and Wholesome Sweeteners unrefined … [Read more...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own. Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the grains the night before, this pilaf recipe is incredibly easy to make in just a few minutes. Using Stonyfield yogurt for the dressing means you are adding very few additional calories, which is always nice during swimsuit season! For the grains in … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador I was provided with the mixer I used to create this recipe but all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever found a recipe online and said "YES!  I want to make that!" and then realized that...well, you either don't have or can't find several of the ingredients in the darn thing?  That is where a little bit of creativity comes in!  I saw a delicious Tiramisu recipe on Food.com. I thought it would make a great summer dessert for backyard barbecues or just feeding hungry children over summer vacation.  However, my grocery store doesn't apparently think that Mascarpone cheese is important enough to keep in stock and I was too lazy to drag myself to the liquor store for a bottle of Kahlua.  Oh, and did I mention I have a lame coffee maker that only makes … [Read more...]

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

This avocado and Greek yogurt dip recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt and Late July chips.  I am a Stonyfield Farms ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. Growing up in suburban Connecticut I never once saw an avocado.  I don't think I could even tell you as a child what one looked like.  We ate rather traditional New England food and while I love baked beans and pot roast, there was very little international cuisine on the menu.  Fast forward to life after college and I am down in Houston, Tx getting overwhelmed with new foods and flavors!  It was an amazing food scene and it definitely opened my mind to new food possibilities. Over the last couple of years I have become obsessed with guacamole.  The creamy texture and bold flavor is quite addicting.  … [Read more...]

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not that they demand it (or at least not all the time!)...but something ingrained in my psyche says that if there are people visiting then I must cook for them.    I love finding easy appetizer recipes that are also healthy.  Not that I don't love a good bowl of queso or a … [Read more...]